BECAUSE A CULTURAL REFORM HAS BEEN DEMANDED
The prevalence of harmful behaviours in educational settings has been brought to light by:
· The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Change The Course,
· Elizabeth Broderick & Co’s Cultural Renewal at the University of Sydney Residential Colleges,
· End Rape on Campus’ Red Zone Report,
· The Hunting Ground Project,
· Universities Australia campaign Respect. Now. Always. and,
· Fair Agenda’s campaigns.
Now, more than ever, is it imperative that universities and residences provide safe, respectful and violence-free environments.
As recommended by these reports, in order for change to occur, a whole-of-community framework for prevention of sexual assault and harassment must be forged. Prevention education must engage with the students, who are facing and in some cases perpetuating this issue day in-day out. Only through authentic student engagement can reform truly be realised.